Visit Hastings - Best of Hastings

Hastings (/ˈheɪstɪŋz/; Māori: Heretaunga) is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The population of Hastings is about 68,200 as of the June 2015 estimate. Hastings is about 18 kilometres inland of the coastal city of Napier. These two neighbouring cities are often called "The Bay Cities" or "The Twin Cities". The combined population of the Napier-Hastings Urban Area is 129,700 people, which makes it the sixth-largest urban area in New Zealand, closely following Tauranga (130,800). The city is the administrative centre of the Hastings District. The city of Hastings and its outlying suburbs of Flaxmere and Havelock North are the principal settlements in the Hastings District. These main centres are surrounded by thirty-eight rural settlements, including Clive and Haumoana. Hastings District covers an area of 5,229 square kilometres (2,019 sq mi) and has 1.7 % of the population of New Zealand, ranking it fourteenth in size out of the seventy-four territorial authorities. Since the merger of the surrounding and satellite settlements, Hastings has grown to become the one of the largest urban areas in Hawke's Bay. Hastings District is a food production region. The fertile Heretaunga Plains surrounding the city produce stone fruits, pome fruit, kiwifruit and vegetables, and the area is one of New Zealand's major red wine producers. Associated business include food processing, agricultural services, rural finance and freight. Hastings is the major service centre for the surrounding inland pastoral communities and tourism.


A place in New Zealand, Hastings is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Napier, New Zealand. Napier is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Te Mata Peak, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve, Art Deco Trust. To get to this city, remember that the nearest major airport is Hawke's Bay Airport. Tour packages of Hastings are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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  • Bespoke Guided Tour of Hastings Old Town
    Bespoke Guided Tour of Hastings Old Town New on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    This tour can be tailored to meet your interests or specific places you would like to visit during the tour. The basic tour o...

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  • Hawkes Bay Wineries Self-Guided Bike Tour
    Hawkes Bay Wineries Self-Guided Bike Tour New on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    Visit the wineries of Hawkes Bay at your own pace on this self-guided bike tour. Collect your bike and spin through the viney...

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  • Hastings Earthquake Audio Tour
    Hastings Earthquake Audio Tour New on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    This informativeand historical self-guided audio tour will take you on a journey to the past to see the areas that were devas...

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Facts and Stats for Hastings*

  • Pollution Statistics in Hastings

    Know the pollution level of Hastings before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Hastings: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Hastings for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Hastings.

    • Burglary and Theft 60 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 55 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 40 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 65 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 65 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 35 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 80 (Very High)
  • Living in Hastings - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 43.59 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 27.59 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 88.89 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Hastings

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Hastings

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.3 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.56 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 92.65 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 71.6 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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